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Researchers from Indian Institute of Science Report on Findings in Nanophotonics

May 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Nanophotonics. According to news reporting from Mohali, India, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Technological breakthroughs in the super-resolution optical imaging techniques have enriched our current understanding of a range of biological systems and biomolecular processes at the nanoscopic spatial resolution. Protein amyloids are an important class of ordered protein assemblies consisting of misfolded proteins that are implicated in a wide range of devastating human diseases."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Indian Institute of Science, "In order to decipher the structural basis of the supramolecular protein assembly in amyloids and their detrimental interactions with the cell membranes, it is important to employ high-resolution optical imaging techniques. Additionally, amyloids could serve as novel biological nanomaterials for a variety of potential applications. In this review, we summarize a few examples of the utility of near-field scanning optical imaging methodologies to obtain a wealth of structural information into the nanoscale amyloid assembly. Although the near-field technologies were developed several decades ago, it is only recently that these methodologies are being applied and adapted for amyloid research to yield novel information pertaining to the exciting nanoscopic world of protein aggregates."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We believe that the account on the nanophotonics of amyloids described in this review will be useful for the future studies on the biophysics of amyloids."

For more information on this research see: Nanophotonics of protein amyloids. Nanophotonics, 2014;3(1-2):51-59. Nanophotonics can be contacted at: Walter De Gruyter Gmbh, Genthiner Strasse 13, D-10785 Berlin, Germany (see also Nanophotonics).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Bhattacharya, Indian Inst Sci Educ & Res IISER, Dept. of Biol Sci, Sect 81, Mohali 140306, Punjab, India.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, India, Mohali, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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